Statewide building licence crackdown in QLD
The Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology, the Honourable Robert Schwarten, today announced a statewide audit of Queensland building sites to help ensure all building workers are licensed.
Mr Schwarten said over 100 inspectors from the Building Services Authority (BSA) would visit randomly selected building sites over the next month.
"This crackdown will ensure all persons doing building work are licensed or otherwise operating lawfully," he said.
"During tough economic times, unqualified and unlicensed persons often believe they can make money in the building industry by competing unfairly against licensed operators."
"These rogue contractors also put consumers at risk."
Mr Schwarten said the audits were strongly supported by licensed contractors and industry associations.
In 2009-10, BSA staff interviewed 9,594 contractors at 2,604 building sites across the State. As a result, fines totalling $88,000 were issued and 38 investigations are still ongoing.
Any person caught unlawfully performing building work can be fined up to $25,000 while a company can be fined up to $125,000.
If a builder is caught engaging an unlicensed subcontractor, the builder may be fined up to $8000 for a first offence, $12,000 for a second offence and $16,000 for a third or subsequent offence.
"I'm pleased to say that, as the number of worksite compliance investigations by the BSA has increased, the number of unlicensed contractors detected has decreased," Mr Schwarten said. The BSA has also increased its compliance investigations into advertising by unlicensed contractors.
Unlicensed contractors must state in any advertisement the maximum value of work they can perform without a licence, while BSA licensees must state their name and licence number.
In 2009-10, the BSA conducted 2,632 investigations, issuing 482 infringement notices to unlicensed-contractor advertisers and 34 fines to licensees for non-compliant ads.
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